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One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword, one interchangeable with the similarly-overused "Generation X." Regardless, the film is an evocative reflection of a community and its culture and remains a definitive artifact of its time and place. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:July 5, 1991


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Linklater Best First Feature 1991 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Linklater Best Director 1991 Nominee


Richard Linklater
as Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station
Mark James
as Hit-and-run Son
Stella Weir
as Stephanie from Dallas
John Slate
as "Conspiracy A-Go-Go" Author
Louis Mackey
as Old Anarchist
Lucinda Scott
as Dairy Queen Photographer
Tamsy Ringler
as Video Interviewer
Charles Gunning
as Hitchhiker Awaiting "True Call"
Keith Fletcher
as Cafe Card Player #1
Kevin Whitley
as Jilted Boyfriend
Albans Benchoff
as Coke Machine Robber
Jennifer Carroll
as All-Night Partier
Don Stroud
as Recluse in Bathrobe
Jean Caggeine
Steve Anderson
Debbie Pastor
as Wants to Leave Country
Regina Garza
as Smoking Writer
Mark Quirk
as Papa Smurf
Gus Vayas
as Cranky Cook
Kalman Spellitich
Rudy Basquez
as Taxi Driver
Tom Pallotta
as Looking for Missing Friend
Kelly Linn
as Bike Rider with Nice Shoes
Sharon Roos
as Devoted Follower
Shelly Kristaponis
as Shoplifter
Jennifer Schaudies
as Walking to Coffee Shop
Gary Price
as Watching Early Morning TV
Brecht Andersch
as Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Kevin Thompson
Susannah Simone
as Working on Same Painting
Sarah Harmon
as Has Faith in Groups
Bruce Hughes
as Card Playing Waiter
Maris Strautmanis
as Giant Cappuccino
Nick Maffei
Frank Orrall
as Happy-Go-Lucky Guy
Scott Rhodes
Robert Pierson
as Based on Authoritative Sources
Meg Brennan
as Sitting at Cafe
Gina Lalli
as Sidewalk Psychic
Kyle Rosenblad
as Going to Catch a Show
Kim Krizan
as Questions Happiness
Abra Moore
as Has Change
Samuel Dietert
as Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Dan Kratochvil
as Espresso Czar/Masonic Malcontent
Ron Marks
as Bush Basher
Scott Van Horn
Greg Ward
as Tosses Camera Off Cliff
Mimi Vitetta
as Teacup Sculpter
Stephan Hockey
as Running Late
Jerry Deloney
as Been on the Moon Since the 50's
Louis Black
as Paranoid Paper Reader
Janelle Coolich
John Spath
as Co-op Guy
Eric Buehlman
as Cafe Card Player #2
Lori Capp
as Traumatized Yacht Owner
Patrice Sullivan
as Day Tripper
Eric Lord
as Doorman at Club
Marianne Hyatt
as Late Night Pick-up
Nolan Morrison
as To Be Buried By History
Annick Souhami
as Has Conquered Fear of Rejection
Stephen Jacobson
as S-T-E-V-E with a Van
Robert Jacks
as Club Owner [uncredited]
Lee Daniel
as GTO
Bob Boyd
as Officer Bozzio
Jan Hockey
as Jogger
Phillip Hostak
as Hit Up for Cigarettes
Kathy McCarty
as Anarchist's Daughter
Luke Savisky
as Video Cameraman
Brian Crockett
as Sadistic Comb Game Player
Charlotte Norris
as Convertible Driver
Nigel Benchoff
as Budding Capitalist Youth
Keith McCormack
as Street Musician
Terrence Kirk
as Officer Love
Aleister Barron
as Peeping Kid
Teresa Taylor
as Papsmear Pusher


Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
Lee Daniel
Scott Rhodes
Deborah Pastor
Production Designer
Debbie Pastor
Art Director